Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (584)
I was all for Ashford the advisor was amazing. They help and explained everything great. I felt very comfortable with going to school here I was enrolled and going to classes online, very easy, self explained. Enjoyed the program !!.....until life unexpected happened and I felt that it wasn't the best time to continue with school for the time being. Everything change at that point! I was told I was a quitter, a drop out and that I was running away. It went from guidance and helpfulness to being bullied into staying enrolled. I was literally in tears arguing with someone about me staying in school, I was made felt like I was doing the worst thing possible by taking step back from school. That one moment changed my experience. I have talked with other people with ashford and they were understanding and apologetic to my situation. I even talked to a counselor to make sure my decision was the best and there wasn't other options. Very helpfully. I cannot say weather ashford is a good or bad school to attend, I enjoyed the online setup of the class and the instructor that I had but My one situation tho changed my view on going back when time permits.
Ashford University is not a good school the advisors don't explain everything to you clearly are your either told one thing and it another I really feel like their unprofessional and not knowledgeable at all. The school is not a god school I repeat don't attend.
My experience has been absolutely wonderful. You get what you put in. For someone who is in their sixties, I have nothing but good things to share. You have to be dedicated and put in the time. If you are focused and work hard you can do well. It wasn't easy for me, but I did it. It took me quite some time to success, but I did it. I never gave up and never let anything stop me. The Adcademic advisors are there if you stay in touch with them. They are busy too. It really is what you put into it. I was very bless to work with everyone involved. Ashford is a good school don't let the negativity of others stop you from going after your dreams. Just give them a try, you may just like it.
Ashford isn't a bad school. However, good luck being able to speak with an advisor. Financial Aid office is basically a joke. Other than that I loved the atmosphere and online classroom settings. The graduation advisor was extremely knowledgeable and helpful as well as the instructors. For working adults and parents this online atmosphere allows you to gain the knowledge for a career. You do learn!
I am a fairly new student in week 3 of the "EXP105 Personal Dimensions of Education" (what others referred to as the "learning class") which I think is a fantastic way to help students see whether or not distance learning is right for them before they make the commitment. I have had no problem with the school, I have had great communications with my instructor, advisors and any staff member I have reached out to via phone or email. I will see how financial aid works out in March. So far everything is seemingly moving along as it should be. Their department has also been more than helpful. I do have the mandatory financial hold that is a natural part of the transition from being a conditional student to becoming a permanent student. This is meant to help STUDENTS because if they were thinking of only finances you would not have this nonobligatory period to see how it works for you. If it doesn't work, you cant expect to have attended for free. They have to fund the program, and it was all agreed to before papers were signed. If I don't make the grade that's on me, if it don't fit that's on me, so I should have to pay the fee for the class. EXP 105 builds skills to assist you in your academic journey should you succeed, and I have gotten well more than my money's worth already from this particular course. It is not a rip off or a way to get extra money, it is genuinely a course that will enrich your life and learning process. With that being said I am doing well, the class is engaging because I am engaged, Ashford will be what you make it. While I would like a little more predictability in numbers for my stipend, it is what it is. They cant tally numbers that aren't there in concrete, and they have made me no false promises. That is not my soul purpose for being there so I am not going to spaz out over it and post impulse reviews. If it takes a little while fine, as long as it is all on the up and up which there is no indication that it wont be. I love the school, my advisers have been amazing, and believe you me, if I do run into issues like those I have read about Ill be posting here and on every legal site I can find to make it known as well as recover damages. The fact is they have been simply amazing. It is college, it is challenging, and it is going to be an amazing journey from what I can tell so far. I look forward to a better future thanks to Ashford University and my willingness to put in the hard work to get there! Also, instructors, free tutoring, and a number of additional resources are in place to help people who want to succeed do so. In my opinion and from my brief experience at Ashford success is about research and understanding what to expect, asking questions and doing your part. If that is not something you are inclined to do then it isn't logical to be upset when your expectations were not met.
Ashford University is a FOR PROFIT PREDATORY INSTITUTION! Their counselors will tell you whatever you want to hear ; in an effort to lure you in... once there: They are like "Hotel California". To request withdrawal from a class (even if your in an automobile accident) is fruitless if the professor is needy. After 2 to 3 weeks of no communication they will then "Administratively Withdrawal" the student and process loan paperwork that will result in a 200% increase due to "Fees" and administrative charges!
Ashford University is a great school. I went there for 4 1/2 years and received a dual degree in Psychology and Early childhood development. If I could do it all over again, I would because this was a great achievement for me. I would tell others about this school. Especially if they have a family to take care of. It is perfect, because you can work around your families schedule. Meaning, you can choose day or night to do your homework and even interact with your instructor as well as your classmates.
It doesn't surprise me to see some great reviews and some bad reviews like any opinion based review site but I will tell you, My experience here at Ashford University has been stellar and exemplary. I would recommend this University and the online program if you fit the following mold ... you work hard, you are dedicated, you are self driven and you can adapt to the different instructors and what they are looking for in the curriculum. My academic advisor was more readily available in the beginning of my journey and then as time progressed they would always get back tome within 24-48 hours if not the same day. The instructors always were willing to help and instruct give guidance whenever needed. I would recommend this school to people that are NOT looking for an easy ride though .. if you are, then keep walking because it is not an easy ride and I got both my bachelors and MBA from here. Best decision I could have made.
So far so good. Finishing up with my AA this April however I am transferring to another online university with s campus. My director has her BA from ashford so that is very motivating! I know two people that have successfully graduated and got a good job. No complains here!
I absolutely loved going to Ashford! Another military wife introduced me to Ashford. It was by far the best and most adaptive school for military life that I have ever seen. I had moved several times while my husband was active duty and was constantly losing credits that would not transfer to other schools. Ashford accepted ALL of my previous credits. They honored the military sacrifices by giving me all of my books for ALL of my classes for free. Wow, what a tremendous savings that was! My online classes were only 5 weeks long and it aloud me to make up lost time from following my husband all over the world! Mini papers were usually due during week 3 with the final longer papers being due during week 5. The consistent format for every class aloud me to plan my family activities around that so I didn't have to feel like I was sacrificing my valuable family time. The instructors were very helpful and made a genuine effort to ensure you understood the course work. My only regret is that Ashford did not have the degree program that I wanted to pursue for my Masters. Otherwise, I would have happily continued on with Ashford. I will forever be grateful to the other military wife that introduced me to Ashford. One of the hardest things about being a military spouse is that you often sacrifice your personal goals to keep the family stable as your spouse focuses on the mission. Ashford allowed me to reach my goal of a Bachelor's degree. Finally, instead of feeling like I was sacrificing, I felt a great sense of accomplishment! I could have given up but Ashford helped with everything from enrollment, helping find cheaper tuition possibilities, setting up my classes, to assisting with the graduation process. They also sent a beautifully framed diploma rather than just the diploma itself. If you are considering Ashford, don't hesitate! Good luck on accomplishing your own goal! Hoorah!